A multi award-winning business, production & distribution company
Director of Photography: Stewart Menelaws
Stewart Menelaws carved out a career as a successful commercial and advertising photographer in 1987. Specialist lighting, visual effects, extreme camera techniques and darkroom trickery became his trademark. With considerable advertising campaign experience, he went on to design, direct, produce and edit feature film, TV documentaries, TV commercials, corporate, commercial and educational films. He is MD and Creative Director of Studio Scotland Ltd.
With 35 years experience working in the creative industries and a former 'Independent Certified Expert' (ICE), for Sony Europe Limited and listed DoP/Dir for various international agencies, Stewart has worked in various countries around the world and is often called upon to find creative solutions, in often adverse conditions and challenging environments.
His work has been seen on the Big Screen, numerous TV networks, advertising campaigns, corporate showreels and photographic work viewed on billboards, bus sides, magazines, brochures, exhibitions, window displays, carrier bags, coffee table books, calendars, post cards - and the list goes on and on…
"Shots are impeccably composed and lit, results are of the highest quality. He can be relied upon to provide creative and practical solutions to complex briefs, his understanding of different photographic techniques and extensive knowledge of image manipulation make him very easy to work with."
Adam Piggot (Creative Director, Red Empire Design)
Head of Production: Deborah Forrest-Menelaws
Making her entrance on film as a school girl in the 20th Century Fox classic, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Deborah has over 30 years experience in the media including researching, scripting, filming, directing, producing and editing documentary and factual programmes. Deborah regularly attended international market festivals in Cannes, Toronto and The Edinburgh Film and Television Festival.
As head of production, Deborah liaises with clients, organises production schedules and oversees daily shoot timings, making sure the team are able to get all the shots required and with minimal disruption to the client and their customers. Once the film / video project reaches the post production stage, again, Deborah will liaise with the client and film / video editor to ensure the project is kept on track.
Deborah herself has been the subject of a national TV documentary for innovation in business.
"The Studio Scotland team were a pleasure to work with, producing extraordinary results on a set budget and within a tight production schedule. Not only did they show great technological insight but also a sound understanding of the brief and target audience for each production."
Geoff Morrison (Marketing Manager - Crieff Hydro Hotel)
Audio Production / ICT: Keith Elman
Originally hailing from New York, Keith has been involved in professional imaging for 35 years working closely with Stewart Menelaws. Initially cutting his teeth in photography Keith later moved into education, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), audio engineering and sound production. Keith plays a vital role in keeping abreast in regard to the continually changing face of media delivery.
Having worked for ten years teaching in Scottish high schools, Keith brings to the production team a unique perspective (in the film industry) and academic experience which has proved valuable on training and educational film projects. In addition to sound production duties, Keith, as a certified data network engineer (Cisco Academy) also oversees company ICT provision and new media technologies for web, Internet and mobile formats.
"It’s a joy to work with seasoned, innovative professionals who know what is important for a successful production and can deliver the goods on time".
Douglas Johnston (Technical Advisor - St. Astier Limes)
Grip & Assistant Editor: Doug Petrie
When it comes to generators, grip equipment and problem solving, Doug is the guy that makes sure things run smoothly on set. Former Plant hire specialist, Doug joined the company during a 2 year feature film stint with Studio Scotland on the 90 minute apocalyptic thriller - The Daniel CONNECTION.
Doug can be regularly found working long hours editing web TV programmes on one of the three editing suites. With a keen eye for detail, he also assists Stewart on a wide range of filming projects whether it’s on a muddy industrial wasteland filming Wind Turbines in Scotland or overseeing production challenges on the full scale Noah’s Ark Project in Kentucky, USA.
"Studio Scotland was fantastic to work with. They really listened to us and got behind the concept immediately. The team were keen to hear our ideas, and would incorporate these where possible, but were also very practical and kept our feet on the ground with regard to what was the most practical way forward that would keep us within budget. We are delighted with the final product, which has already proven to be a powerful tool in delivering the LIFT OFF message to young people."
Sarah Morrison (Wider Access Development Officer)